Holidays in Jamaica 2023

There are ten public holidays in Jamaica in 2023, two of which fall on weekends.

New Year's Day
New Year Holiday is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the world. The holiday falls on January 1, 2023, and is observed on January 2, 2023.

Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday, observed on February 22, 2023, is a Christian holy day of prayer, commonly observed with ashes and fasting. Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten period leading up to Easter, another important Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Good Friday
Good Friday is a Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday, April 7, 2023.

Easter Monday
Easter Monday is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, and it is the Monday after Easter Sunday. It is observed on April 10, 2023.

Labour Day
Labour Day commemorates the labour rebellion in 1938 led by Alexander Bustamante leading to Jamaican independence in 1962. The holiday is observed on May 23, 2023.

Emancipation Day
Emancipation Day is a public holiday in Jamaica, observed on August 1, 2023. The holiday commemorates when the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into force, and Jamaica abolished slavery on August 1, 1834.

Independence Day
Independence Day is a public holiday in Jamaica, and it is observed on August 6 each year. The holiday commemorates the anniversary of Jamaica's independence from the British on August 6, 1962. The holiday falls on August 6, 2023, and is observed on August 7, 2023.

National Heroes' Day
National Heroes' Day, observed on October 16, 2023, commemorates seven Jamaican heroes dedicated to Jamaica's advancement.

Christmas Day
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, 2023, and commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christmas Day is a holiday of sharing. People exchange Christmas gifts and cards with families and friends.

Boxing Day
Boxing Day is also known as St. Stephen's Day and is widely known as a shopping holiday in some countries. It falls on December 26, 2023.

The following is the list of public holidays in Jamaica 2023.

New Year's DayJan 01, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
New Year's HolidayJan 02, 2023MondayObserved
Ash WednesdayFeb 22, 2023WednesdayPublic Holiday
Good FridayApr 07, 2023FridayPublic Holiday
Easter MondayApr 10, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Labour DayMay 23, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday
Emancipation DayAug 01, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday
Independence DayAug 06, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
Independence Day HolidayAug 07, 2023MondayObserved
National Heroes' DayOct 16, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Christmas DayDec 25, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Boxing DayDec 26, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday

Please also check the working days in Jamaica in 2023.

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